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What's on display at The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Museum

1944 Main St. at the corner of
Main St. & Hubbard St. in Glastonbury
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Museum Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Third Sunday of the month 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Front view of The Historical Society of Glastonbury's museum
Our permanent exhibits cover the town from
its Native American roots through
European settlement up to the
early 20th century.
(February 2015 thru November 2015)
Passed down to the last male descendant of Francis Hale
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      The Hale family is one of the more prominent family’s known throughout the history of Glastonbury. The Hale family descends from Samuel Hale, one of the founders of Hartford. Samuel was one of the original settlers, immigrating before 1635. He was a proprietor of Naubuc Farms, the name of the first settled area of Glastonbury (the six miles along the river going three miles inland, to where Three Mile Road is today.) Samuel’s son was one of the first settlers. Francis Oliver Hale was raised in South Glastonbury. He was one of many men from Glastonbury who fought for the Union and came home alive.  
      Gilbert “Buzzy” Hale is currently a resident of Granby, Connecticut and also the great-grandson of Francis Oliver Hale who has long been interested in his family’s genealogy. The Historical Society of Glastonbury’s newest exhibit is a glimpse into early American culture and the objects in this new exhibit were passed down to “Buzzy” by his father and grandfather. Some of these interesting artifacts include spent bullets from a battlefield where Francis Oliver Hale fought (Port Hudson, 1863) and a straight razor Francis received in trade for chewing tobacco from a Confederate soldier.
      This eclectic array of vintage early American objects is on display until November 2015. Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays 9:00am – 4:00pm, and the third Sunday of every month 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission to the Museum on the Green is free. If weekends work best for you, make sure mark the third Sunday of every month on your calendar.
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(June 7th through June 16th 2016)

      Every year, the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s Museum on the Green features a local artist. In the past, some of the featured artists have included Christopher Gurshin, Lynn A. Damon, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Harry White, Dave Magee, Glastonbury Art Guild Nutmeg Pastelists, and Duffy Schade. The Historical Society is proud to announce that this year’s featured artist is April Quast.
    April’s exhibit will be featured at the Museum on the Green for six days over the course of two weeks beginning Tuesday, June 7th and ending Thursday, June 16th. The Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 4pm. There will be a special celebratory reception on Sunday, June 12th from 1pm to 4pm at the Museum on the Hubbard Green. The reception is open to the public.  
    A selection of April’s work will be for sale during the exhibit with a portion of the sales being donated to the Historical Society of Glastonbury.  
There is no admission fee for either the exhibit or reception.

April Quest’s Artist Statement
“Color is my playground. Using bold, playful palettes I paint and draw colorful abstractions that explore the energy and movement that motivates the dance and yoga experience. My art explores the lines of the figure in dance and yoga poses while including inspirations from organic textures found in places such as nature and fashion.
In 2005 I began my artistic focus on dance. As a young twenty-something, I spent much of my free time on the dance floor. I began dancing in high school and fell in love with a social dance called West Coast Swing. West Coast Swing is a social dance that unfolds from a reaction to the music and your partner. I loved this dance for its spontaneity and ability to be shaped by the energy of the partnership and music. I wanted viewers to see these connections and energies, not just dance movements and people. Dance inspires me because it is a non-verbal language, a follower can interpret every motion with the slightest touch or change of connection with her leader or subtle beat of music. My paintings explore the energy of action and reaction the dancers have to their partner and the music that “paints” their dance.  
As I explored these connections I found a love for textures, I often use nature, architecture and fashion to inspire and embellish my paintings. I love to look at reflections, folds, and patterns and use them to visually describe this invisible energy. As the years have passed and my family has grown, I no longer have as many opportunities to dance, but I do have a need to move my body and allow energy to both be absorbed and released through movement. I began using yoga poses as a focus for my painting and drawing subject. With the yoga poses I have found the lines of the human figure to be much more dominat. Using the human figure as an inspiration, the lines of the yoga figure provide a foundation for exploring stretching, energy release, strength, compression and more. Yoga inspires me because it has a power in its stillness. Energy radiates from muscles that are stretched and challenged to maintain a motionless strength.  
My work is a bold vision of dance and yoga that uses colorful abstractions to explore the internal energy that motivates the dance and yoga experience. Abstract art is defined by the simplification or exaggeration of an object’s characteristics, by choosing not to represent my figures realistically these simplifications and exaggerations of the human figure can capture the essence of the movement and music’s energies in dance and the power of stillness in yoga. My passion is for the small details of beauty that embellish the world. Each of my works have an overlying focus on the figure, investigating external inspiration of the body's lines and then using textures and patterns inspired by nature to captivate the eternal energy of the dance and yoga experience. My intentions in creating these abstractions of dance and yoga are to encourage you to contemplate these internal energies.”

(April 23rd through May 4th 2017)

Every spring, the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s Museum on the Green displays the work of a prominent local artist. Recent featured artists include Christopher Gurshin, Lynn A. Damon, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Harry White, Dave Magee, Glastonbury Art Guild Nutmeg Pastelists, Duffy Schade and April Quast. The Historical Society is proud to announce that this year’s featured artists are Don Sineti and Ken Roberts in a two-person exhibit entitled “Rails to Whales”.
Train enthusiasts and whale lovers both are encouraged to stop by to see this unique combination. The “Rails to Whales” exhibit will be featured at the Museum on the Green for six days over the course of two weeks beginning Monday, April 24th and ending Thursday, May 4th. Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be an inaugural celebratory reception on Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.  
Don Sineti will be exhibiting and selling the renditions he uses to produce his scrimshaw art. Don is a long-time advocate for whales, belonging to the Cetacean Society International a Connecticut-based, all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment.
The late Ken Roberts, formerly of Glastonbury, was a photographer whose family gave the Cetacean Society hundreds of his photos of steam trains to sell as a way of raising money for the Cetacean Society. 
This show not only benefits HSG’s education programs and preservation projects, but also the work of the Cetacean Society. 

About the artists
Ken Roberts was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925. After graduating from Syracuse University, he entered the world of black-and-white darkroom photography. Influenced by American masters such as Ansel Adams, Ken began traveling in the Southwest and Europe in the 1960s in pursuit of subjects for his evocative still life and landscape photography. Eventually Ken expanded his artistic focus to include self-printed color digital photography. His studio and darkroom were in Glastonbury and his award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries across southern New England. It can also be found in many private collections. Roberts passed away in September 2015.

Don Sineti, folksinger, songwriter, and shanteyman at historic Mystic Seaport Museum, is also an award-winning marine mammal illustrator with a number of prestigious exhibitions and books to his credit. For over forty years, Don has combined his extensive knowledge of cetaceans with his boundless energy in delivering rousing renditions of songs from the days of wooden ships and iron men with his own compositions, all dedicated to saving whales and preserving their threatened environment. Blessed with a booming voice and a hearty laugh, he shares his music and his unrestrained love for the whale with audiences of all ages.

(April 22nd through April 28th 2018)

    Every spring, the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s Museum on the Green displays the work of a prominent local artist. Recent featured artists include Christopher Gurshin, Lynn A. Damon, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Harry White, Dave Magee, Glastonbury Art Guild Nutmeg Pastelists, Duffy Schade, April Quast, Don Sineti and Ken Roberts. This year the Historical Society is proud to welcome the art images of Glastonbury resident, Don Nedd.
Donn Nedd’s limited-edition serigraphs include a series of Hartford Landmarks: The Colt Dome, Capitol Dome, Phoenix Building, Old State House, and the Stegosaurus/Traveler’s Tower; a series of Connecticut in Four Seasons and Nantucket Landmarks: Brant’s Point Lighthouse, the Windmill, and a Daffodil. Additional serigraphs include Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine and a Swallowtail Butterfly.
    There will be a reception open to the general- public, Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum on the Green, 1944 Main Street (corners of Main and Hubbard Streets), Glastonbury, CT. The show will continue for one week during regular Museum hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and ending Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no admission fee for either the exhibit or reception. A percentage of the sale will benefit the education programs and preservation efforts of the Society.  
About the artist
    Don Nedd studied at the Hartford Art School and went on to a career in advertising, first as a designer at an advertising design studio and later as art director at a prominent Connecticut advertising agency. He continues his art career with recent art prints of Hartford, Glastonbury, Nantucket, Cape Cod, plus striking new prints of a Monarch Butterfly and a Dragonfly. A member of the Glastonbury Art Guild, he has exhibited at the “Show on the Green” and participated in the Glastonbury “Art Walk”.

“A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty": Glastonbury Observes Memorial Day

    ​    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Three years ago, when he passed through Waterloo, NY, the Congressionally-recognized “Birthplace of Memorial Day,” HSG director Mike Berdan was surprised to learn that Memorial Day’s "founding father" was Glastonbury-born Henry Carter Welles. In commemoration of both Welles' poignant creation and Glastonbury's long-standing and faithful fulfillment of it, The Museum on the Green is hosting a special, temporary exhibit entitled "A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty: Glastonbury Observes Memorial Day". Through pictures and artifacts, the exhibit traces the long and colorful history and evolution of Memorial Day commemorations here in the town of Welles' birth, beginning with the first, 20-mile procession in 1870. "A Sad Yet Pleasant Duty" will run into July.  
The Museum on Green is located at 1944 Main Street (on the corner of Main and Hubbard Streets) and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. The museum will also be open on Memorial Day, May 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.